A sobriety checkpoint set up on two major highways nabbed a pair of drunken drivers over the weekend.


A sobriety checkpoint set up on two major highways nabbed a pair of drunken drivers over the weekend.
Officers with the Osage Beach Police Department spent nearly four hours stopping traffic on Highway 54 and Route 42 late Friday night looking for impaired drivers and other infractions. Two motorists were taken to jail for driving while intoxicated.
The checkpoints were held near Mace Road and Highway 54 from 10 p.m. to midnight. Shortly afterward, officers moved the checkpoint to Route 42 near School of the Osage.
During four-hour operation, a total of 342 vehicles were checked. In addition to arrests for driving while intoxicated, several citations were also issued.
Lt. Todd Davis said the department holds random checkpoints several times a year in an effort to curb the number of drivers that drink and get behind the wheel.
The most recent checkpoints were funded by a grant from the Division of Highway Safety and in conjunction with a nationwide enforcement campaign. It was their third checkpoint of the year. They plan to hold two more, one in September and another in December.

Checkpoint stats

226 vehicles checked on Hwy 54
117 vehicles checked on Rt. 42
41 warnings issued
2 DWI arrests
2 DWS/DWR arrests
3 Missouri Operators Required
1 drug arrest
1 seat belt violation
1 expired vehicle plates violation
Contact this reporter at charisp@lakesunleader.com